This is only a test – Part 1

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“Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.” (Psalm 105:19 NLT)

Do you have a dream from God that hasn’t happened yet? Or, do you have a Promise from the Lord that seems impossible? You know, the kind of Promise that gets further away every time you turn around. Listen, rest assured, God fulfills the dreams and the Promises that He makes. “SO WHY HASN’T MY DREAM AND MY PROMISE HAPPENED YET?” Well, that’s a complicated question… but what I do know is, it’s NOT God’s fault. And the “devil” does his share to discourage us, but he’s not always the one to blame either. Sooooo, that leaves only one,,, US, as in YOU and ME. “What? How could I be the one hindering my own dream?!?”

Well, first take another look at Psalm 105:19 — “Until the TIME came to fulfill his (Joseph) dreams…” There is always TIME between the dream and the fulfillment of the dream. For Joseph, it was 22 years before he saw his dream completed. In today’s society, including Christians, it’s hard to find anyone with “patience.” I’m talking about the “22-year-hard-core-trusting-God” kind of patience. We live in a microwave generation and we want everything NOW! And “why” do we want everything now? It’s because we don’t seem to have enough time. I guess you could say, “We don’t have TIME for PATIENCE!” Unfortunately, God is not in a hurry. In fact, He often uses patience (and time) as He molds us to stand perfect and complete in ALL of His will for our life.

The Bible says there is a time for everything. God had a specific time to fulfill Joseph’s dream. Joseph probably had no clue it was going to take 22 years. Patience is defined as: “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” Joseph could have given up on his dream from God. But instead, he chose to learn patience… without getting angry or upset. He wasn’t asking God to hurry up, he knew God had a plan for his life. Joseph learned to enjoy the journey as much as he enjoyed the destination. We should learn from Joseph. Slow down, practice patience, renew your focus, and trust the Lord to fulfill your dreams and promises.

In Him,
Pastor Kevin Kinchen

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